Ben Forta has three decades of experience in the computer industry in product Adobe ColdFusion 9 Web Application Construction Kit, Volume 3: Advanced. DZone recently caught up with Ben Forta, ColdFusion guru and renowned book author to discuss the state of the ColdFusion market, CF. Ben Forta is Adobe Systems Inc’s Senior Director of Education Initiatives. His primary Adobe ColdFusion 9 Web Application Construction Kit, Volume 1: Getting Started. Adobe Press. ISBN X. Adobe ColdFusion 9 Web.

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The downside of how most of us integrate databases into our ColdFusion apps is that we tend to write database specific code even at the client level, the code generating output or working with form fields, for example. By having that level of integration with other products, it basically means that whatever you’re looking within Adobe cultures, ColdFusion now plays a more important role. What scope is it in? Having said that, we did do one very interesting thing in ColdFusion 9, and that is we recognized, if you think about ColdFusion and what it’s become over the years, ColdFusion is actually two very different things which have become very closely integrated.

The above code creates an instance of the Mail object and names it “cfMail”, and sets to, from, subject, etc. The “var” keyword used to only be supported at the top of functions and methods, so all local variables had to be defined upfront. ColdFusion 8 introduced server monitoring for single and multiple servers.

ColdFusion can execute code when an application starts and ends, when a session starts and ends, when a request starts and ends, and more. In fact, code that you wrote for ColdFusion 1 and 2 will probably still run, as is, in ColdFusion 9. A Comparison of Relational Databases. Click on any of the books below to learn more about each title.

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It does appeal to different users, but real problems, problems that people want to solve and need to solve. If you are a Webmaster or Web page designer and want to create dynamic, data-driven Web pages, this book is for you.


ColdFusion has really stayed true to what made it very popular, very successful, on day one. Database integration is a hallmark of ColdFusion applications.

Fortunately, they’re far less of an obstacle than they were years ago. Probably less and less of the small Mom and Pop shops and start-ups, although a lot of those still.

There is a demand for ColdFusion developers in ways we haven’t seen before.

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You’ve got everything from integration to portal servers to SharePoint now, to building applications that are very data centric and the ORM stuff. Here are some of the examples I used at my presentations.

But a lot of very important features in there from day one. First, it will make ColdFusion accessible to a whole new audience, where it wasn’t before because you eliminate the need to have to install servers yourself. So it’s a collection of lots of things that appeal to very different users.

I think we spend more time nowadays talking about what the ColdFusion relationship is to everything else, including Flex and AIR, than we do in those very defensive, very fighting preconceived notions, battles we used to have years ago. DZone recently caught up with Ben Forta, ColdFusion guru and renowned book author to discuss the state of the ColdFusion market, CF adoption trends, and the future of the platform. Creating Server Sandboxes So ColdFusion 9 was a big announcement for Adobe this year, Ben.

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Also, note that fortx CFC is named Books. There’s something beautiful and simple about a CF tag and a Flex statement to just get the data and work with it. This limitation has been removed in ColdFusion 9. Sample Application Data Files. The CFML language that some people love and some people can’t stand.

And so you’ve got issues you’ve run into or performance or scalability issues, that has long since been addressed which our competitors are unaware of. But the market has changed.


99 is looking though like once again, we’ll significantly blow page counts, and once again, we’ll probably have lots and lots of chapters online like we did last time. If you want to build a back end for a rich internet app, ColdFusion just blows everything else out of the water over there. We’re not quite ready to roll out all the details yet. So a variable defined as: There’s also a real downside to this type of colrfusion integration.

And so, both of those are very important. ColdFusion Security Options Do you have any final words of advice for our audience? The second variable does not use var, and as such is not local, and variable conflicts can indeed occur. Accessing the ColdFusion Administrator 3: ColdFusion 9 adds the ability to define code to be executed onServerStart.

Ben, on behalf of the DZone community, I want to thank you very much for your time today. SpreadsheetFormatObject is then used to format row 1.

To save a new or updated object you’d simple do the following: We do run into organizations that have pre-conceived notions and we’ve got to deal with them, but in general, we’ve got a very committed, very dedicated, very loyal base who love the product, who really sees the value in it.

This first example reads an entire spreadsheet as a query and dumps the contents: For many of us, and for many apps, it is, and remains, highly appropriate.

Now for a more complete fort, creating and formatting a spreadsheet from scratch. Oh, one other change. This next example reads a specific cell on a specific sheet and returns it in a variable: Using Regular Expressions